Monday, September 5, 2016

Senate probe on Pinay rape victim's death in Saudi Arabia sought

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is seeking a Senate investigation on the death of rape victim Irma Avila Edloy, an OFW in Saudi Arabia.
Pimentel filed Senate Resolution No. 114 tasking the Senate committees on foreign relations, and labor, employment and human resources to investigate the death of Edloy.
He said Section 3 of the Constitution's Article XIII states that the government must "afford full protection to labor, local and overseas" while Section 13 mandates it to "protect working women by providing safe and healthful working conditions."
Edloy was rushed to the King Salman Hospital after she was allegedly raped by her employer less than a month after she was deployed to Saudi Arabia on July 28. She reportedly suffered a stroke after her employer visited her at the hospital. She died on August 18.
Medical records showed multiple lacerations in her private parts and bruises on her face and body, which were believed to have been caused by sexual abuse.
Pimentel said Edloy's death "reminds us time and again of the risk to life and limbs faced by our OFWs, especially female OFWs employed as domestic workers.”
“Edloy’s death must not simply add to the statistics of OFWs whose lives were lost at the hands of abusive employers,” he added. “It is arguably a necessary requisite to provide ‘full protection to labor, local and overseas,’ especially for female OFWs." Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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